same day we heard Olympia(er.. Miller) would no longer be producing Olympia beer! We ran down and bought the last case of Oly Stubbies from Safeway.. drank them as we recorded our 3 tracks.
This is a 5 song Split EP by The Jesus Chords and Log Hog.
The phrase "opposites attract" was never so applicable before It's the Music was pressed.
The Jesus Chords rely on simple chord structures along the same vein of leathery old country crooners and even early Stones. This leaves plenty of room for their country fried melodies to churn out thick and sweet like home-made butter. The opener, Hollow Head, features a chorus rich with vocal harmonies and even a bit of a whistled interlude while a bright guitar picks along in the background. I Hear Ya Calling swaggers through your livingroom like a drunk headed home after a night of boozing and On the Run has a punchy little outro that makes me wish there just one more track. The vocal treatment really lends a uniqueness to their sound and could be their greatest strength.
Log Hog's hip-hop stylings, reminiscent of early A Tribe Called Quest, begin the set. This is the honest stuff about struggling to make it, paying the rent, putting food on the table for the kids and giving back to the community, without any talk of who dissed whom or how many bullet scars they're wearing. "Inprog" demonstrates the quartet's (Seed Verb, Blandow Charizmium, Sloe T and Nervous) ability to rhyme with the best. One moment they might offer a commentary on social class ("you got your lords, your peasants, your knaves") and the next they're paying homage to Blondie with talk of "cars", "Mars" and "chocolate bars". "Money" begins with a sample of Kermit the Frog lamenting his lack of dough as he promises his lender, "My friends and I will be rich and famous soon". Much in the style of Mr. Lif, our protagonist's autobiographical tale explains "I got a child that's almost two and another on the way / I don't get high everyday / making beats is how I play"; maybe he'd be taken seriously if he "had dreds", but his fate probably lies in the factory. If you need another reason to respect these guys, note "Money"'s use of a sample of -- wait for it -- Cyndi Lauper's "Money Changes Everything". Who knew her contribution to music would ever swing over to the positive?
Check out the artist's website:
1. Hollow Head
2. I Hear Ya Callin
3. On The Run